Stereophonics shake the Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Unlike many other bands, Stereophonics have proved time and time again that they don’t need any fancy stage act or any crazy dancing to rock their shows.
Steady at the centre of the stage, frontman Kelly Jones impressed with his powerful voice and deep interpretation.
Their fans – as usual – went wild for them, especially while they played the classics, from Maybe Tomorrow to A Thousand Trees. The building shook to all the clapping, screaming and singing that emerged from the crowd.
Kelly Jones stretched his vocal ability to the max but it paid off, especially on the concert opener Madame Helga and the gratifying Local Boy in the Photograph.
Jones has never been one for full-blown conversations with his crowd, but he made up for it completely when he started singing; you just knew he loved every minute of it.
The passion of the band gave off electric vibes that zapped the fans so intensly they could barely stay on their feet, jumping up and down continuously with their phones hoping to film their amazing experience.
There was also time for their famous cover of Rod Stewart’s hit Handbags and Gladrags, which generated a huge and heart-felt sing-along.
Dakota was a personal favourite and it probably got the loudest reaction from the crowd – it was the song that made me forget I was actually squashed under the armpit of the person stood in front of me; all I felt was the music.
The Shepherd’s Bush Empire buzzed through the whole entire set. Even when it was all over I could still hear the ringing in my ears, but it was rather a pleasant ringing, which makes a nice change. Another fantastic show from Stereophonics.
Photos: Ruta Buciunaite